Welcome to the Peace Center

Silent Personal Retreats. Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Growth Programs.

Online or In-person

The Benedictine Peace Center is a peaceful place to rest and renew your relationship with God. Walk along the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. Meet with a trained spiritual director. Join the monastic community for prayer and meals. Cherish your solitude and create your own spiritual experience. 

We are:

  •  A monastic space where you can come for solitude, prayer, and spiritual refreshment.
  •  A resource center for spiritual enrichment programs in a variety of settings, both at and away from the Center.
  •  A community of women sharing the journey of seeking God with others, together. 
  •  A place where all are welcome, no matter your faith. 

For more information download the Benedictine Peace Center brochure.

Silent personal retreats

Private or Directed.  “Come away for a while and rest” as Jesus did.  Read, pray, and enjoy walks on the monastery grounds overlooking the Missouri River.  Retreatants may request a director and are welcome to join the monastic community for Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist if they wish or to claim solitude time.  Reserve space at a time that fits your schedule.

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Spiritual Direction

Meet monthly with a trained spiritual director to reflect on your relationship with God and deepen your prayer life.  Choose to come in person or meet via Zoom.  Trained spiritual directors at the Peace Center can walk with you on the spiritual journey.  Contact us to connect with a director or learn more about this ancient spiritual practice.

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Spiritual Enrichment Program

This one-year Spiritual Enrichment Program is open to men and women who desire a deeper relationship with God. Program participants gather eight times on a Saturday morning from September through April. In addition, each person may enjoy a three-day silent retreat scheduled at your convenience.

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Scripture Study

Gather for an online study of the Women of the New Testament by Catherine A. Cory.  Sessions are facilitated by Sr. Mary Jo Polak, OSB, and include study and reflection questions, discussion, and group prayer. 

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Benedictine Spiritual Formation

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina means “sacred reading.” It is a way of praying with Scripture and listening to God’s Word.  Lectio is part of our early Christian heritage, helping us to encounter God in His living word. Lectio invites us to pray Scripture, rather than study it, as we listen for God’s voice  We open our hearts so that God’s Word can touch us and guide our living as we pray with Scripture.  In our online lectio, there is time to share your reflections with other participants, if we choose.

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Benedictine Lecture

2025 – Topic and Speaker – TBA

     Previous Lectures

     April 2024 – “The Liturgical Character of Benedictine Spirituality” with S. Judith Sutera, OSB

     June 2023 – “Benedictine Spirituality: A Leaven for Contemporary Culture” with Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB

Where are we?

Directions to the Benedictine Peace Center at Sacred Heart Monastery.

Who are we?

Meet the Staff of the Peace Center.

How does it look?

View the accommodations.

How do I donate or make a payment?

Follow this link to donate or make a payment.

What People are Saying.

Don’t just take it from us, let our retreatants do the talking!

“Thank you for a beautiful, meaningful advent retreat! Your voices were soothing and peaceful. It was a hopeful and encouraging experience of growth and a way to reflect and recognize the many ways God is at work in our ordinary lives.”

Joni R.

“Thank you so much for this morning’s stillness, silence, and sacred sharing. Obviously, all of you put a lot of time and effort into this morning. It showed in the presentations. S. Penny mentioned “letting go.” I immediately called to mind a poem someone shared last week during one of my multi ZOOM contemplative groups. You all are probably already familiar but the poem was new to me. Again my thanks.”

Andrew K.

“The retreat was wonderful – clear, enlightening, and deeply thought-provoking! God Bless you for the gift of your presence and as a source of grace and hope for all of us throughout the region and entire Church!”

Rod D.